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By Al Lewis Aside from the many antediluvian wellness promoters still claiming that our healthcare problems can be solved by browbeating employees into eating more broccoli, there is a legitimate debate between: (1)   those who argue that the system is corrupt because pricing is out of control vs. (2)   those...

By Brian Klepper, PhD   It’s no secret that conventional U.S. health care arrangements have been ineffective in controlling health care costs. In 2008, the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers estimated that more than half (54.5%) of all American health care spending delivers no value, and health care spending...

Brian Klepper, PhD RAND Corporation recently published a report showing that, on average, private health plans (and the employers and unions that typically sponsor them) pay hospitals 241% of what Medicare pays for the same procedure or service. Of course, there’s lots of variation around that...

Al Lewis By way of background, there are two things you need to know before launching into this Valid Points article: Livongo, a venture-capital funded diabetes management company, recently published a study in the Journal of Medical Economics alleging a significant savings in diabetes-related spending for...

Brian Klepper, PhD A couple weeks ago a Journal of the American Medical Association article reported the results of a large (33,000 employees) rigorous study of worksite wellness programs. As explained in The New York Times, the research “found no significant differences in outcomes like lower blood pressure or sugar...